Wednesday, February 21, 2007

GPS data for Arrowhead Trail Maps

Hwy 53 Elevation profile

Highway 53 elevation profile. (Not the trail but parallel to it).


I am working on making new topographical maps with data I have from the DNR; however, I need GPS data for the shelters and key checkpoints,etc. I already have most crossroads and even some forest roads. See attached for my starting point.

http://www.arrowheadultra.com/Arrowhead_Trail_Maps.htm

regards,

Cheryl Ostor

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

DNR article and photos

The article written by 2006 finisher Stephen Reginold is out on the DNR website-- the Minnesota DNR Conservation Volunteer.

The photo gallery is really nice, if you have not seen it yet.


http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/volunteer/janfeb07/ultramarathon.html



http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/volunteer/janfeb07/arrowhead135_slideshow.html

Photos are by Minnesotan, Bruce Kluckholm.

Message from participant Joe Galloway

Joe Galloway

Hello Pierre: Thanks for sending my drop bag. It was "above and beyond the call of duty!" I have mailed off a reimbursement for your cost and also the reflectors you loaned me.

I succeeded in fixing my bike, in my warm basement. First I tried using just what I had on the trip, to see if in theory I could have fixed it on the trail. It turns out the problem was a broken cable casing to my rear derailleur. Actually, I DID have a spare cable with casing attached on the AR135, not that I knew much about how it worked.

Studying at home, I see where I had to cut one end of the spare cable, which had a barrel at each end, in order to slide off the casing. The casing, also, then had to be cut to the proper length.

Where my gear was inadequate (even if I had the proper knowledge) was an inability to cut either the cable or the cable casing. The cute little micro pliars on my mini leatherman had wire cutters, but not good enough for what I needed. So, I could not have fixed the bike on the trail even in a best case scenario. That sort of puts my mind at ease about my detouring to return to the motel.

(At one time, I did have a pair of rusty needle nose pliars in my bike tool bag, which finally did cut the cable and casing at home, but it was removed in favor of the micro pliars to save weight. Ha!)

Thanks for your efforts! I have good memories about my experience and my cold weather clothes worked just fine. See you! Joe Galloway

David Heitcamp: Damaged but not discouraged and smarter for the wear.

David Heitcamp

It has been about two weeks since the run in Minnesota. There has been some discussion concerning the weather and how the race was conducted. I
wanted to collect my thoughts on this and give my 2 cents worth.

In a nutshell, it was as it was stated: a self supported race in
adverse weather conditions with 60 hours allotted to transverse the course. I had completed approximately 70 miles in the prior year with no adverse effects.

As I send this message, I have 10 severely frostbitten toes which need to be wrapped twice per day with solution, two frostbitten thumbs and two frostbitten digits on my left hand next to the thumb. My cornea on my left eye was frozen. I also lost a front tooth which when I grin makes me look like a character from "Deliverance" who lived in the backwoods.

I was transported to the International hospital in International Falls for two days. There, the hospital staff told me that it was probable that I would lose all ten toes as well as the tips of the affected hands. I called my wife of 11 years to let her know of the prognosis so as to ready her for the possibility. My son flew to International Falls from Ft Wayne and drove me back 800 miles to my family doctor in Ft Wayne, Indiana. I kept my feet elevated while I sat in the back of the van.

On the way home, we talked about everything. He is 31 years old and recently his wife gave birth to a new grand daughter. I had raised both him and his sister who is now 33 as a single parent since he was 2 years old. We laughed, reminisced and shared those silent moments that sometimes say more than all the words in the world.

When I arrived back home and went to my family doctor, the doctor freaked out and instructed met to immediately go the Emergency room in Parkview Hospital in Ft Wayne. My son transported me to the hospital. A member of the staff asked if it would be ok for them to show the new employees what Frostbite looks like since they did not encounter that degree of frostbite in the local area. There was conversation that I should ready myself for extraction the next morning and I should not have anything to eat or drink after midnight.

The next day (Feb 9th), a plastic surgeon was called in and unwrapped all my toes and looked at my thumbs and digits. After 15 seconds of inspection, he said that it appeared that I should be able to keep most or all of my toes and probably just some "shaving back" of my thumbs. He instantly became my best friend.

I started the rounds of going to the burn unit of St Joseph Hospital in
Ft Wayne two times the week of February 12th. I started back to my "day job" on February 12th. It was a very long week. In the evenings, I am continuing to prepare taxes because I am a CPA. Money is money and life goes on. I enjoy my life.

The staff in International Falls was professional, informative and in no way understated the seriousness of this run. I ran marathons for 20+ years before I started to run Ultras at age 50. The reason I started to runs ultras was so I could quit smoking. I smoked 2 packs of Marlboro 100's since I was 17 years old. I needed an addiction that was more powerful than nicotine and alcohol.

There are mistakes that I made in my run of the Arrowhead in 2007. I know that. Dehydration was the culprit. When you dehydrate, the decision making process is flawed. I did find the General Store after a period of time. Next time, I will use the "buddy system".

It will take approximately three months to resurge my energy levels. I will continue my Yoga and strength building workouts on a limited basis.
Full recovery will probably take one year.

I enjoy what I do. I am a Slow Dog. Sometimes, not the sharpest crayon in the box.

I appreciate this race and hope it remains the same.

Happy Trails.........................Dave

P.S. Feb 13th photo attached


http://www.arrowheadultra.com/Heitkamp_Feet_Feb13.pdf

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Pierre,

Just a short note. This picture was taken by the St Joseph Burn
Unit on Feb 13th. Rodriguez had asked me to send any pictures that I had so I asked the burn unit for a copy of what they had.

They are looking better than they intially did at the International Falls Hospital. It will still be a few months until everything sorts itself out.

Talk to you later. Dave

Can hot water freeze before cold water?

Joel's camelbac, what a work of insulation.

Check out that insulated tube on Joel's camelbac.


Hi Cheryl and Pierre,

At the pre-race meeting you mentioned that we should not fill our water containers with hot water because hot water freezes before cold water. Anyone who is around a hockey arena knows this to be true because flooding is always done with hot water for this very reason.

Many of the racers were sceptical when you said this and some even voiced their opinion and said that you were wrong. Here is a good website link which explains the phenomenon which is called the Mpemba Effect.

http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/physics/General/hot_water.html

Personally, I've experimented with using both cold and hot water in my camelbac and found that tube takes longer to freeze when cold water is used.

Thought that you might be interested.

Bill

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Thanks, Bill. Interesting but hard to follow. I think we saw something about it once on a TV science show. It is easier just to put two dog dishes out on the porch and watch (as any of us who lived in Northern MN or Canada already know).

Did you ever try throwing boiling water into the air when it is well below zero outside? It explodes/disappears in a poof of gas or crystals. Cold water doesn’t do this, so I always thought it must have something to do with instability of boiling water or evaporation or something like that.
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As the article mentions, it must be a complex interaction of a variety of conditions that come into play. The amount and depth of the water and how much surface is exposed to air, etc. must have something to do with it. I grew up on the shore of Lake Superior and when it got below zero the Lake would steam like it was boiling. It also froze over on the surface most every year for a few weeks so we could ice skate and would make eery creaking noises as the ice cracked and piled up on shore.

There are some cool photos of the Lake ice in the Duluth paper today.

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/photography/includes/gallery.cfm?id=105

regards,
Cheryl

Monday, February 19, 2007

Thanks to photographers, Rodrigo & Rick!

Morning treeline

Thanks to Rodrigo Cerquiera of Brazil for the thousand or so beautiful photos he sent us. We will post more of them shortly.


North Dakota/Iowa contingent

The North Dakota/Iowa contingent: Jim Grijalva, Pat White, Dave Simmons, Rick Mangan & Matt Maxwell.

Thanks to Rick Mangan for many fun photos on this website. More to be posted.

Species unique to Northern MN

Faceless Monster

Who is this faceless monster?

Creature from the white lagoon

Creature from the white lagoon.

Frosty Bear

Frosty Bear

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Cool dudes epitomize the spirit of the Arrowhead.

Ben Wacker

Ben Wacker finished the Arrowhead for the first time so effortlessly, and quietly with a smile. Originally, he was going to do it on foot but changed to bike as the rules allow. If you saw arrows drawn in the snow pointing to the correct fork in the trail, that was probably the doing of Ben. How Arrowhead of you, Ben!

Chris Finch

Chris Finch finished the Arrowhead for the second year in a row..way to go! Chris took his time and still had plenty of time to assist other participants along the trail with his warm thermos of coffee. We hear a rumor that his wife agreed to allow Chris to enter the Alaska races when he arrived in the top ten Arrowhead finishers. Alaska, watch out!

The fabulous, fearless, frozen, five on foot




Below is a link to more photos taken during the gear checks:


http://www.arrowheadultra.com/Gearcheck2007.htm

To bivy, or not to bivy? That is the question!

Brazilians camping at shelter

First shelter on the trail.


The raging discussion out on MTBR:

http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?s=8a28fe92cfda8f2558b0e74562bc7e0e&t=269930


Note: One year we had a guy that bivied all night along the trail while we searched for him frantically. We thought for sure he must have gotten lost and hypothermic. In the morning, we called the helicopter search and rescue and about ten minutes later our snowmobilers found him. He was perfectly fine and wondering what all the commotion was about.

So now the rule is that you must mark where you are camping with blinking lights or reflectors, so the snowmobilers see you, preferably in a shelter. Also don't forget to call the Race Director or checkpoints when you drop out so we don't waste hours/ days/nights looking for you. Also, many people forgot to check in right away at the Elephant Lake cabin this year. We were still looking for you.


regards,

The Race Directors

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Drink water, don't ration it!




If everybody learns something from this event we hope it is the importance of water in the winter. The dry air pulls it out of you much faster than in other seasons.
Lack of it contributes to poor judgement, bonking, impaired memory & eyesight, and hypothermia among many other problems.

The main reason people got in trouble this year was dehydration and being in too much of a hurry to take care of themselves. There are 60 hours alloted to finish, so there is plenty of time to stop and melt snow, eat, sleep and take care of yourself during the event. If you take care of yourself, you don't need the snowmobile crew and you are not at he risk of "dying" as some melodramatic people like to say.

Did anybody use their stove to melt snow during the event? The reason it is required gear is to use it!!!!!

Also skipping the Gateway Store, meant you had to carry or melt extra water, since the store is an easy source of water, soup, food, handwarmers, etc. Next year, you WILL be required to stop at the store.

Did anybody read the handbook on winter camping, hypothermia and frostbite? you WILL before you are allowed in the race, including volunteers.
http://www.arrowheadultra.com/handbook.htm

Also Pierre says he made some stupid beginner mistakes that caused him to get frostbite this year. He wore 3 pairs of socks so his shoes were too tight so his foot warmers did not kick in. When he realized they had not kicked in, he was too lazy to dig in his backpack under his camelback to dig more of them out. Ice built up under his neoprene booties, between them and his shoes which probably cooled his toes further. Sarah's wool socks over her shoes were more breathable, so worked better. She says that is a skier's technique.


Finally, we want to remind you that the snowmobiles are not shuttle buses to checkpoints when you feel a little tired or scared. They are there for emergencies only. Many people jumped on the dropout bandwagon when they saw some key people dropping and got scared. Remember that when the snowmobile is helping you, that is one less machine on the trail watching out for some guy wandering on the edge of hypothermia and who may not even realize it.

Your safety net is your gear (and your brain)! Make sure you know how to use it and actually USE IT!

Remember these tips and plan ahead and make it an even greater event next year.

Don't take these comments as blame; take them and use them as good advice in the future. We all must learn from mistakes. Although this is a self supported event, we have many changes in the works to try to keep the event safer in the future. As it grows there will be more people to help, but no matter how many, no one can be everywhere at all times. Everybody is ultimately responsible for their own safety.

From the Race Directors.

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In response to Mike's comment. We will see what we can do to set up a discussion board. We did not think we had enough interest to do so in the past.

Please try out the new message board forums at the following link and let us know what you think:

http://www.websitetoolbox.com/tool/mb/arrowheadultra

If you want to email us your specific questions at info@arrowheadultra.com, we can post it in the blog for everyone to see and comment, Pierre will answer them, or we can put you in contact with past participants who have been emailing each other for the past 6 months.

Also Note: Icebike has a listserver email discussion forum/archive for winter biking topics and so does MTBR.com that covers gear and race issues as well (search or quick jump to Endurance Racing).

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Be careful what you wish for, Bill!



Photo of Spencer Klaasen & Bill Shand on right


The 2007 Arrowhead 135
Be Careful What You Wish For

I hoped it would be cold. Cold or snow. Either would do but cold would be best. I’m not really a very fast biker compared to some of the other racers that would be showing up so I need some kind of adverse conditions to even things out. Cold would slow down the guys from the south and snow would demoralize the fast bikers when they were forced to walk.

This is the third running of the Arrowhead 135 Ultra-marathon, a unique human powered race along the Arrowhead State Trail in Northern Minnesota. There are bike, ski, and running divisions but I would be biking as usual. The first time that I did this race in 2005, I was frustrated by a mechanical problem with my bike that caused me a 12 hour delay. After missing the race last year due to work commitments, I was determined that this year, things would be different.

For more of the story:

http://www.arrowheadultra.com/Bill_Shand_2007_Arrowhead.htm

by Bill Shand

Alec Muthig photo





Entry fee into Arrowhead 135: $100

Fleece hat: $20

Headlamp: $65

Keeping my nose: Priceless


So when does registration for 2008 open? Thanks for a great experience!


Alec Muthig
#27
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Probably will open in August, we'll let you know.

(Next years event will be the first Monday-Wed. of February)

Regards,
Cheryl Ostor

Charlie's Race Recap on the 2007 Arrowhead 135




"We must believe in luck, for how else can we explain our failure and the success of those we do not like?” Jean Cocteau (1889-1963)

In a spontaneous surreal moment of angst, even before all the life-giving air had exhaled from my rear tire, I knew that the contents of Joel Calahan’s pack held the key to my destiny. My success “hinged” on a young guy that I had never met before. With nothing but clown bikes and little-kid bikes behind me, I knew that at that point without Joel‘s extra tube and pump, I would have to walk the entire way to the finish, something like fifty-five miles down the trail....

For more of Charlie's story:


http://www.arrowheadultra.com/CharlieFarrow07Arrowhead.htm

sincerely,

Charlie Farrow

Joel soaking his frostbitten toes with Dave Gray at Bayview Lodge:

Monday, February 12, 2007

The BAD 135




Marta, Rodrigo, Mario and Pierre


Many thanks to the trio from our sister race, the Brazil 135. They were such good sports and so helpful, especially Marta. Mario made us laugh with his many comedy routines at the finish line. Rodrigo was generous in sharing many beautiful photos which I am still sorting through.

Unfortunately, Rodrigo caught the same Spanish? cold/flu that I did and is taking it to Brazil for sharing. :) (We surmised that Carles must have brought it from Spain). We hope it does not become an international epidemic!

Don Gabrielson's Arrowhead 2007 report



Fellow nutcases,

Navy guy here...

Since the order of the day seems to be telling our collective stories, mine follows below...

But first...

Jeff, thanks so much for the kind words. I'll ride with you any day brother. That goes for you too PJ, Chris, and Charlie-- the spirit matters most when the chips are down-- I know I'd say the same thing about so many others that I just frankly didn't get to know and that bums me out because this is a special group. You guys totally rock man. How do we get together so I can finally find like minds to train with??????

I'd like to take this post-race discussion a step further-- I'm working on an article for a national magazine (I'll tell you all which when it posts), and my intention is to capture the essence of the race from multiple perspectives... which means I need your help... please feel free to share your stories with me, and include information on your backgrounds, how you prepared, why you entered the race, and whether you'd do it again, as well as things you experienced out there... there's a lot to cover and obviously I'll have to pick and choose from many amazing details, but I can't include your story if I don't know about it... do it now before you forget!

But wait there's more... I also have close to 500 photos from 2 photogs (my brother Todd and Rick Spokely), and we're working to find the best way to get them distributed-- I might have to ask for a few $$ for a CD or two as we get them together, as both my brother and Rick covered quite a bit out of pocket to get these... If you have good photos from on the course or particularly the finish, I need more to choose from-- If yours is published, you'll be paid whatever the magazine pays in full-- I need some good scenery shots, I have tons of people shots of pretty much everyone--

GPS Trivia-- we gained 3400 feet between the start and Mel George's. We lost 2900 total in the same leg. At one point, you're 2.6 miles from Mel George's but have over 11 trail miles before you get there. Nice. What was that about flat? ;-) And next year I'm bringing an ultralight and flying.


I have to say it was funny that I had to go home to find the toughest event I've ever raced, and that includes well over a hundred events around the globe... the fact that each of you dared to toe the line out there speaks volumes about your character, and if others question your sanity, they certainly can't do so about your resolve, your discipline to simply get there, or even your toughness in so many dimensions. I salute everyone and hope to see you again!!!! We don't do these things for others, we do them for ourselves...

I'm hoisting a virtual beer in toast to the finishers, and tossing it back in celebration with my partners in a truly incredible event.

Thanks to Cheryl, Don, Seve (Steve Bobusch), and everyone else on the course-- and thanks to Pierre for daring!

Cheers,

d2g

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Don Gabrielson's 2007 AH135 Race Summary...


Brutal. Conditions were unbelievable but I loved it out there. Had to drop at 23 (Orr-Buyck road, about 90-95 miles) after considering that I had about 28 isolated miles to go from 3:30 PM with 2 broken lights, tires with shattering rubber, and fingertips tingling after getting too cold the night before while helping another rider into his bivvy on the trail-- I felt really good and was physically and mentally ready to press on but the above issues as well as the reports that the snow would be even harder to handle in the next leg, along with having to consider eating only frozen food for maybe another 24+ hours made me realize that sometimes the best decisions are those that lead you to come back another time... I thought about Ed Viesturs' recent comments about finishing all his climbs with zero casualties and had to convince myself that stopping was the right choice.

You can probably tell I'm disappointed but at the same time I know I made the best decision under the circumstances (still trying to convince myself of that...). I'd pedaled/pushed for 17+ hours on day one, then understood why people sleep at Mel Georges', and hit the trail again the next morning and the 20 miles to County Rd 23 took almost 6 hours-- Out of my total mileage I think I pushed 20+ miles and am convinced I spent more hours off the bike than on it...

A couple defining moments for me-- first, on the way back to the start line after the turn-around... I see a pair of our running friends on the trail struggling, and ask if they need anything... I'm asked for a screwdriver to poke some holes, so I offer a knife... I wonder what my ice-bound eyes did when I heard the first hammer strikes on the plastic handle of my titanium military blade into a steel bucket... would've made a great pic I'm sure... I know that because the other guy (sorry no names) looks at me and says, "...He's an engineer..." Of course. The precision blows gave that away... the knife survived (thank plastic and Blackie Collins for that!).

Second moment-- seeing the vista just a couple miles south of Mel George's. Broad, open canyon in between two 3-500 foot ridgelines. Gorgeous. I made the tactical error of deleting my little camera from my race kit. Never again. That was a two-page spread shot from either side of the canyon walls, and I've considered going back just to get it. Awesome. It almost made the 15-minute push up the far side easy. Yeah right. Chris Finch can tell you about our push. It was cool. What was that on your ipod again? Parliament Funkadelic right? Tear the roof off the sucker... and you did man. Awesome. Susitna? I wish you'd been at the 23 crossing when I arrived. You probably could have talked me into it... but in some ways, I'm glad you weren't there because little things were adding up...

Everyone who finished has my undying admiration, particularly Sarah who simply wouldn't quit, and Charlie for gutting out 5 flats on a skinny-tired 29er-- but Sarah apparently said that if it hadn't been for the charity she was supporting, she'd have dropped at Mel Georges' like all the 'sensible' people... that's funny. Only two of us left MG's and didn't finish and we dropped together; I think that I had the only traditional 26-inch wheeled MTB that got as far as I did (?), and I believe that 7 of 8 bike finishers were on Pugsleys (?) and one on a 29er (Charlie Farrow)-- so I don't feel bad about how it went and am sure I'll go back and stick a fork in it at the first chance I get. And I'll bring a Pugsley. I am totally convinced that they had a major advantage in that snow and I would have been far ahead of where I was in the same time with one. But that's that...

My brother decided that he's going to try and organize support for the race next year with Arctic Cat and I think that will help the race-- that dimension of the event was not as mature as it needs to be and frankly lacked some confidence-inspiring elements, which was also a bit of a factor in my decision given the extreme cold-- it is just a race after all, not a polar discovery expedition... I would have been totally alone for quite a while out there and spent 5-6 hours+ that way on the first night so it had me thinking when coupled with the little cascading casualties in my gear... I had to remind myself that my day job has high stakes in terms of physical readiness and permanent frostbite damage out of vanity or ego wouldn't keep me employed... the tingling came from a few minutes in the cold helping another rider out, and leaving behind a (third) spare set of mittens in the name of saving a few ounces. Lesson learned. I was otherwise amazed at how comfortable I stayed even at -30. Face masks were the only other challenge-- ice and snot are hard to handle and there's no way around that... I carried 3 balaclavas and that was about right I think. Maybe one more in the future. Just for luck. Along with my camera. And more hot food. And a better water setup...

All told, I have over 6 pages of notes on what I did right and wrong, what I didn't have or should have had or what worked or didn't work, along with other ideas, so that was productive-- I'm totally convinced that I know how to prepare for success and better prepared to make good decisions on mid-race gear or strategy changes-- I made several last-minute choices that I'd do differently now, and brought some gear that didn't work at all like it did in my training despite its apparent depth... surprises abound.

The good news was that from a physical and mental perspective I was well-prepared and already am doing some easy riding and running again. As with many things, luck and tactical decisions on the scene play a hand as well as preparation... I made some important mistakes but learned from them. And I'll never regret losing time to others who needed a hand out there. It wasn't time lost, it was experience gained.

A couple takeaways-- a buddy asked how this event compared to Ironman... I said if AH135 is a '10' then Ironman was about a '4' for me... I've done many long events, and it used to be difficult to name a single hardest event for me... not any more... I got what I hoped for here and then some. It was simply awesome. I'm a better, stronger person for having done this race.


Don Gabrielson
Commander USN
Prospective Commanding Officer (Blue)
PCU FREEDOM (LCS 1)

Dave Pramann's report 2007

HEART OF COLDNESS. ARROWHEAD "140" 2007

Wee Doggies. -31F. International Falls to near Tower, MN last Monday. Into A 10 knot wind. Canis Lupus lurking in the shadows, soft, deceiving trail. Cold that could kill. It had to be Epic. Heart of Coldness.

At the top of my Arrowhead race memories, beside the various peeling, numb spots showing up on my face, are Ron Kadera, Kevin Ishaug, Steve Bobusch, Don Clark and the other snowmo boys saving lives Monday Night on the trail. These guys came back from early race bow-out to jump very willingly into a more critical job of helping folks out on the trail. Motoring all over the bumpy frozen WolfKingdom Monday night likely saving some REAL problems and minimalizing those that did occur. Again, way to go Ron, Kevin, Steve, Don Gabrielson's brother Todd and everybody else who was out there helping us Mon night thru Tues. And the racers who helped each other.

For me it was a nice, albeit really challenging race. Checked out the trail on the drive to I-Falls and picked my pretty-much standard monster bike Pugsley to ride as things looked real soft the middle 70 -80 miles of trail, just as Mr. Kadera had indicated in his pre-race report. -30F conditions warranted true conservativeness. My equipment and clothes all worked fine. Rode 1st or 2nd bike essentially all the way to Elephant Lake, breaking softer trail about the last 30 miles, which, in usual 20/20 hindsite, was tactical error I paid price for physically. Luck helped out with my only bad karma occurring as a sheared-valve Endomorph flat in my nice warm Lodge room at 75F. Maybe gluing one side of the rear tire at low pressure is best even on these 4" monsters. A lower gear when the legs turn to jello would have been nice too (32 X 32 was my granny).



BONK CITY at Halfway



Where's the whiskey?

Thirteen hour layover eating, drinking and sleeping at MelGeorge got me back on track at dawn after the BONK of Monday evening. Tuesday was spent riding most everything except the 83 or so steep uphills between Elephant Lake and Cook. Actually had a fine day with everything working well in another -30F start, bike and body. Bombed the hills with the stable, lovable Pugsley and cruised the flats enjoying the spectacular sunshine and views. Lack of snowmo traffic and lots of logging made the trail a bit harder to follow this year and I was rather glad not to be the lead scout. Pretty sure the race is more like 140 miles long too. Four of the ten race finishers (Shand/Krueger/Lowell/myself) stayed in my MelGeorge room so we have the MOJO!!!.

Jumped to several revelations out there on the march:

a) Al Gore is wrong. Here. Where I am. Today.
b) Taking the wolf off the endangered list maybe isn't so wrong. Here. Where I am. Today. Tracks all over I swear the size of my hand.

Left MelGeorge in 7th position about nine hours behind the brave four, fresh legs moved me up to 3rd within faltering distance of the two determined and steady leaders Joel Calahan and Dave Surly Gray. They did not falter. After finishing about 2.5 hrs behind at Bayview, had the energy to drive back to the Cities Tuesday evening to get to work. "The 2nd loser", as some of my more harsh friends/family said, guess I should have gone harder! But this was a race where just having nerve to start was winning.

Those 4 MEN (Winner Dave Gray, Joel Cahalan, Charlie Farrow and Ben Wacker) who headed out on to trail Monday evening at -30F after short 2-3 hour halfway checkpoint layovers are the REAL-THING. The Krueger and Lowell stories must be fine examples of human perseverance and faith. Thanks to the Ostors and all the Race Volunteers including volunteer wife Mary for another fine year.

My Gosh.....dave pramann.

News from David Heitcamp




Hi to all,

I am sending this email to everyone. This is an email that failed
when I sent it to the General Store because the message failed. Pls
forward this on to Phil & Ellen Hart.

I had an adventure and wish all of you the best. It looks like I
have a few months ahead of me getting fat & lazy.

First of all, I would like to say "Thank you" for everything that all of
you have done. It was appreciated. Despite all that happened, I enjoyed
the entire event and would not trade one moment. Your kindness and
professionalism was apparent.

I am fine. Before I left the hospital in International Falls, my
son flew in from Ft Wayne, Indiana and drove me back to Ft Wayne.
When I got there, I went to see my family doctor. He sent me to the
hospital in Ft Wayne immediately. I got to spend some time with my 29
year old son. That was great. We talked.

They initially told me that I would lose my toes and a few finger tops.
Finally, they sent a Plastic Surgeon to see me who told me that my toes
should be ok but I will continue to follow up with the burn unit here in
Ft Wayne until all is resolved.

I finally returned home on Saturday afternoon (Feb 10th)

Pls tell everyone I am ok. I returned to work this morning.

God Bless. Happy Trails, Dave

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Dave Simmons Arrowhead 135 below zero :)




-----Original Message-----
From: Dave Simmons
Sent: Sunday, February 11, 2007 7:56 PM
To: info@arrowheadultra.com
Subject: Arrowhead 135 below zero :)

Hi Cheryl and Pierre,

Just wanted to send a quick note and thank you for putting on this wonderful
event. You all do a great job. I posted a race report on my blog with some
nice pictures from Rick Mangan.

www.24hoursofbiking.blogspot.com

I think he is going to be sending you a copy of them as well. I can't wait
until next year. Hope your feet are okay Pierre.

Thanks again,
Dave Simmons

Kevin Ishaag pre-race TV interview





The Minneopolis TV coverage is viewable here:

http://www.wcco.com/video/?id=23864@wcco.dayport.com

The URL is direct to the video.


Kevin's blog post about the AH135 at Freewheelbike.com:


http://freewheelbike.com/page.cfm?pageid=121

Articles by the Timberjay.com (Tower, MN news)




About the event in general:

http://www.timberjay.com/current.php?article=3030


About Sarah Lowell: (We saw this article from the Tower local newspaper posted on global ultra running websites in Australia and the UK).

http://www.timberjay.com/current.php?article=3031

Another article in Sarah's hometown newspaper:

http://www.maconnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=301&Itemid=34Sarah Lowell coming in at the finish line:

Dougie's great Arrowhead adventure





Pierre and Cheryl,

Thanks for putting on a great event and putting in all the hard work to make it happen.I had a great time. I didn't reach my goal of finishing the event, but I am proud of what I accomplished.

My race report is on my blog at:

http://mnbicyclecommuter.blogspot.com/2007/02/blog-post.html
Sincerely,
Doug Robertson #25

Ken pushed his bike 81 of 135 miles, finishing with perfect toes!





Pierre and Cheryl,

I wanted to thank you for putting on a world class event. It is a privilege to be able to compete in a race like this so close to home. I've attached a link to an article in our local (International Falls Daily Journal)paper. I have not met the author yet, he was at the starting line and he published at least 3 nice articles covering the event. The volunteers were wonderful and the pre-race meeting was very helpful. The guy doing the gear checks gave me lots of good advice. The blog was nice for family and friends, I know a lot of people followed it closely before, during, and after the race. I hope your feet heal OK. I have some gear from Mario that may be yours, he was going to give me instructions on what to do with it when he gets home.

Thanks again for all of your efforts, they are much appreciated,

Ken Krueger 2007 racer #41


http://www.ifallsdailyjournal.com/node/1601

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Saturday, February 10, 2007

One of Intl Falls Daily journal stories in a series




Here is a link to the story:
http://www.ifallsdailyjournal.com/node/1536

Can I please have your adress so I can mail a couple hard copies? (We can't have as many photos up Online.)

Thanks for your help. I enjoyed covering the race. Maybe next year I'll enter it!

David Schueller
The Daily Journal

Jeff Colbert meets his savior with a Thermos





Reality Check:

Its Sunday morning the day before the big dance. I’m waiting for Josh Peterson to show. Its -17 below and I’m thinking this doesn’t feel too bad.
We finally hit the road in my trusty old Moto van. I have never driven in these low temps with this van. We soon find out the heater can not keep up.
By the time we reach Hibbing are feet and legs are frozen. We chuckle about it and say its good training for what’s to come. When we reach International falls the temps are really cold it’s -25. When you factor in the 20mph wind that’s swirling you start to wonder what were doing here. We get inside the hotel and see all the clown bikes. Gear hanging every where, every one is worried about the weight of there bikes. I new deep down that my bike was one of the lightest. And I was proud of that. I had purchased most of my gear on line and really had no intention of using any of it. It was there to please the gear Nazi that was checking us in. We both got through the gear check with no problem. We decided to ride part of the trail that afternoon to do last minute corrections. I really didn’t want to; it was so cold I wanted to keep myself as fresh as possible. I soon found out Josh was right, I had too many socks on and my seat needed to go back about one inch. We rode out about one and a half miles and it was tough going. We both realized that breaking trail was not the fastest approach. We decided to let the Fast guys and everyone else get out first and groom the trail for us. We woke up Monday morning and it was insanely cold. I jumped in the shower first and cranked as much hot water as I could stand. I ate my oatmeal and I felt really good. I felt like Tigger from Winnie the poo. O yea I have a five year old. It was getting late. Josh was kind of taking it slow. I was like dude come on were going to be really late. By now its 8:15 am and the last wave to start was at 8:20am. And it’s a 10 minute drive to the start line.
We finally get to the start line, I put the rest of my gear on and head over to Cheryl, she writes the time down 8:51am and I chat with her until Josh is ready. I look back and Josh is in the van. I decided that I cannot wait any longer and I start rolling. The first 14miles is and out and back. So I was able to see 47 other racers. The first guy rolls by and he’s hauling. I was starting to wonder how much faster he was going than me. I look down at my computer and its reading 8-9mph. At this point I realize that I’m going directly into the wind. My eyelashes are freezing together. And my feet are already getting chilled. I come up on the first set of walkers. My first thoughts are those poor suckers are never going to make it. I’ve been riding 15 minutes and have already caught most of the walkers. I’m starting to wonder where Josh is. He was one of the fastest mountain bikers I know. I figured for sure he would come by me soon and demoralize me. I got to the turn around point, There were 5 bikers there adjusting gear. I yelled out hey do we need to check in. He yells back what’s your number, Number 40, Off I went. As I was going back I started catching more bikers. I seemed to be going about 2-3mph faster than most. That got me excited, so I picked up the pace even a little more. I was picking off riders about every 10 minutes or so. The course was really flat and relatively smooth before the Day break store. I rolled down a hill and could see people standing there. It was Cheryl Ostor. I asked her which way to the store. She pointed up the hill.
Then I asked how long ago did the leaders come through. Half hour ago she said. Half hour, I must of made up time on the leaders. I started one hour behind them. I put a half hour into them. I was very surprised. I thought about going on and decided that would not be smart, I was wet and hungry. I got to the store and the store owner told me I was the first one to stop.
She wrote down my name and took a quick picture. The soup was tasty as I downed two bowls with relative ease. I then saw these beautiful donuts. I had to have one. Meanwhile riders started trickling in, The first was Don Gabrielson. Super nice fella. Then Patrick Ramstack and a host of others. I decided to change my top layers as they were soaked. I took off with Don Gabrielson and soon realized I was missing a layer. O well I will just have to ride harder to stay warm. The next 15 miles was much hillier. I could ride most of the hills. Some were way to big to ride. I took a wrong turn at a road crossing and ended up climbing about a extra 3 miles. Chalk that one up to not paying attention. Some of the guys that I had just passed I had to pass again. Not a big deal after all we were just 45 miles into this thing. PJ and Maxwell were starting to walk more of the hills. I decided that I wanted to get done with the first half as soon as possible. I rode every hill I could, and was maintaining around 6mph. I was rolling down a hill towards a bunch of trucks. I could see people scurry about. They were taking pictures. So I did my best to look like I was flying. I crossed that road and started on the rest of the journey. I could see only 4 bike tracks in front of me. One of them was all over the place. Kind of like a drunken sailor. I thought for sure it was Charlie. I could also see where one of them was walking way more than they should have. I figured I might be able to catch them. I poured it on, riding everything. I started to notice that my upper body was getting cold but I figured I didn’t have far to go. Plus the rest of my clothes were wet. The sun was starting to set and I could feel the temps dropping. My eyelashes were freezing shut. I knew it was cold. I stopped to drink and realized that I’m almost out of water. I left one more swallow in the bottle. Thinking that was my insurance policy. I trekked on riding at a brisk pace. I wanted off this trail. I stopped about five miles from the last stop. Took a breather and just listened. I could hear the wolves howling, No big deal I thought they have never attacked humans. I looked forward and pressed on noticing that my hands were brutally cold. I could no longer do anything with them. I had heaters in them that were barely adequate. I tried to open another pack and soon found out that was not easy. I got them out and shoved then in my mittens. It was like putting ice cubes in there. The packs were burning me they were so cold. I looked down at my computer to see how much farther and the display stopped working. I thought O well I can push on. As I took off I could feel the back of the bike move around. For a second I thought it was just soft snow, deep down I knew, I had a flat tire. I didn’t know weather to cry or scream, it felt like someone told me my best friend just died. I knew I was screwed. My first thoughts were, I have to fix this, I have no other choice. It soon became apparent. The tire would not get fixed. I couldn’t shift the bike into the small rings, My fingers would not work, I finally gave it one last shot and got the rear rim off. I thought great now it’s off now what. I couldn’t use a tire tool, my hands wouldn’t let me. I decided maybe it just went low. I painfully got out my pump knowing full well This thing is not going to work. My god Is it cold. I took my one hand out of my glove and shoved it on the valve stem. I accidentally touched the rim and it burned me. I pumped it, Wow I’m screwed. I cursed into the air. Hoping the wolves would here me, I’m not that weak yet. Just in case I would be the first human. I threw the pump back in the bag, wrapped the extra tube around my neck, And started walking. I was mad and decide to ride it flat. The tire decided to come off the rim. Now instead of pushing I was dragging. I figured I would be my own maker and only I could get myself out. I walked up and down big hills for 2 hours. I was looking for a sign that said Mel George and all I saw were turn signs. I was Trying to calculate were I was and how much longer I would be out there. I was out of water, my hands were frozen and my core temps were dropping fast. I was shivering walking up hills. I knew things were getting bad. I was making deals with God. I kept thinking I cannot die, I have not showed my son everything I have learned.
I’ve decided snowmobile trails are for snowmobiles . I kept pushing hard. I was almost in tears. The guys behind me were not catching up. I was mad that no one was catching me. I thought maybe I had missed the turn for Mel George. My brain was freaking out. I finally sat on my bike on the upside of a hill. I was fatigued and bitterly cold. I didn’t know what to do. I felt helpless. All of a sudden I heard a car in front of me; I thought can I be this close to a road. I listened more. There it is again. This time it came from behind me. The guys had finally caught up. I need help; I don’t want to die out here. PJ says I don’t like the spot were in let’s go up a bit. There he cleaned a spot for my sleeping bag and bevy. Chris anderson was starting a fire. I could smell smoke. It smelled good. I was little help as my hands and core were so cold. I shimmied in my bag with much help from PJ. The navy guy caught up. He asked if I needed any food. I have pop tarts or Pringles.
Pop tarts I said. They were discussing how much farther. Navy guy had a GPS.
He says two and half miles. Wow I’m only two and a half miles away. Now I’m kind of mad that I didn’t push on. Turns out that was as the crow fly’s.
They set off to get help. I was busy eating pop tarts in my bag shivering and hyperventilating. I had dropped crumbs all over the bottem of the sleeping bag. I sucked them up like a hoover. I couldn’t understand why I couldn’t control my breathing. Chris finch stops by and offers Coffee, I gladly take it. He puts it through the little hole in the bag. Its in a thermos, Problem is I can’t open the thermos. My hands are still frozen. I tried opening it with my teeth but the cap was to big. I finally gave out a holler and twisted for all my might. It turned just a little. I did it again. Finally I will have warm coffee. I poured it and drank it while lying on my side. It dribbled down my face and on to the bag. I didn’t care. I felt like a savage. I heard some one else coming. It was Mike Remer, Dude you need anything, I’ve got mints. Sure, He pops it in the little hole. Do you want me to sit with you? No it’s ok. Good, any longer and I will need to bevy next to you. About half hour later I could here a sled. Thank God I’m saved. The guy is talking but I can’t figure out what he is saying. I finally get out of the bevy sack. I instantly fall over. I get up again and fall over again. I started thinking I’m not that far gone. I walk towards the snowmobile and fall on to it. The snowmobiler realizes this is serious.
We get on the sled and were flying. I’m just bouncing around. I thinking I’m going to die on this sled. We get to the lake he says throw your bevy over your head. I do and were flying. We fly into Mel Georges There’s a crowd of people, they look at me like I’m half dead. I was very relived to be telling the story. Instead of them trying to figure out what happened. In hind site I did several things wrong. I was racing not surviving, not enough water.
Not enough clothes. I would do it again. But it better be warmer. I owe my life to Patrick Ramstack, Chris Anderson, Don Gabrielson, Mike Riemer, Chris Finch



Jeff Colbert

Mike Riemer 2007 Race report





See below for the report from Mike Riemer, biker from Salsa.

http://www.salsacycles.com/amigos/

Dave Gray 2007 race report



Notice Dave Gray's magic feet...just call him twinkle toes.


Hi Cheryl and Pierre,

My race blog is up on the Surly site....
http://www.surlybikes.com/surlyblog.html

Thanks again for putting on another fun race.

Dave Gray

P.S. Link to the new archives location on the Surly Blog--

http://www.surlybikes.com/2007_02_01_blog_archive.html#1457465025013325677

Don Clark " Gear Nazi" 60 second race report

Rick Lindquist "Junkyard Dog"
Don Clark



Thanks alot to Junkyard Dog (Rick Lindquist)for giving up his weekend to assist Frog Dog (Pierre) and I at The Arrowhead race. He kept me organized and in line the whole time. Sincerely, THANKS RICK. And for a small update on the race, It is over now. There was ten finishers out of 46. Rick, remember that little women that appeared to weigh in at about 95 lbs soaking wet-----well she was the only finisher on foot in 55hours. She was incredible!!!! Scott, John, Kerry Owens(the woman that won this years women div. for Superior 100---all dropped do to various reasons. Nine bikers finished. It was BRUTAL out there this year. I spent 4-6 hours each day on the course just checking on people----so I still had fun. A long story short---I came face to face with a timberwolf out on the road to one of the trails. I didn't drop anything in my shorts---but, I did swallow my heart TWICE! 20-30 yards away he looked ,took a snif my away and pouncned off the road. When Steve(a snowmobiler) caught up to me, we were measuring the tracks that pooch left behind. Da hairey critter wasn't interested in me!!!! around the corner a few blocks down we found another two sets of tracks. Before I left from up there, Frogger had dropped at halfway with three-four toes frostbitten. I know one of the leaders had two bad toes and at least 4-5 others that had dropped. You can read it all on the website(blog).
Good luck this weekend ---have fun---and howl at the moon a bit.

Moxie Dog (Don Clark) aka the " Gear Nazi"

Friday, February 09, 2007

Arrowhead 2007 results





Overall/Cat Place/No./Sex/Age/Name/Categ./Final d:hh:mm time/Finish/Start date time/

1 1 4 M 37 Dave Gray Bike 1:07:08 2/7/2006 15:37 2/5/2007 8:29
2 2 46 M 35 Joel Cahalan Bike 1:09:59 2/7/2006 3:04 2/5/2007 7:38
3 3 1 M 49 David Pramann Bike 1:10:29 2/7/2006 3:33 2/5/2007 7:37
4 4 37 M 31 Ben Wacker Bike 1:12:32 2/7/2006 8:10 2/5/2007 7:58
5 5 13 M 37 Bill Shand Bike 1:12:43 2/7/2006 14:25 2/5/2007 8:22
6 6 5 M 47 Charlie Farrow Bike 1:12:51 2/7/2006 8:19 2/5/2007 7:39
7 7 34 M 42 Spencer Klaasen Bike 1:13:00 2/7/2006 17:25 2/5/2007 8:05
8 8 12 M 39 Chris Finch Bike 1:20:26 2/7/2006 19:20 2/5/2007 8:19
9 9 41 M 42 Kenneth Krueger Bike 2:05:54 2/7/2006 20:08 2/5/2007 7:36
10 1 43 F 44 Sarah Lowell FOOT/Woman 2:07:07 2/7/2006 20:40 2/5/2007 7:35
DNF MT 36 M 45 Mike Bernhard Overall/Bike DNF Start: 2/5/2007 7:53 Checkpoint Myrtle Turtle: 2/6/2007 15:42 DNF

Arrowhead result highlights




It was a tough year with the lowest temperatures and the ugliest trail conditions so far. Only 10 of 46 that started were able to finish.
Congratulations to all the 2007 finishers. What an accomplishment!!



A milestone was reached by Sarah Lowell as the first woman ever to finish on foot and the only person to finish on foot this year.




However, there were a few controversies and low points that I will not outline here. We are determined to make changes to rules and procedures to help avoid such issues in the future and make the event, fun, fair and safe for everyone.



Special thanks to our volunteers: Don Clark, the "gear nazi", Rick Lindquist, Mary Pramann, Gretchen Haas, Rick Mangan, Eric Gustafson, Todd Gabrielson and Jean Curnow at Melgeorge's Checkpoint, and to the snowmobile crew:


Reijo Vastila, Jonathan Yeakel, Steve Bobusch and racers that helped on snowmobile once they dropped out of the race, including Ron Kadera & Kevin Ishaug.



We would also like to make special note of several heroic efforts to save or assist other racers/crew in tough shape-- by Kevin Ishaug, Chris Anderson, Dave Simmons, Chris Finch (Jesus with a thermos), PJ Ramstack, Ron Kadera and Don Gabrielson.
Thanks guys, you epitomize the spirit of the Arrowhead event!
Your special award for your efforts is a case of soup leftover from the checkpoint.:)




We very much appreciate the extra support of Calvin at Park Tool (you made me laugh so hard at the tongue-in-cheek blog comments), County Cycle, QBP-Surly-Salsa, Skipulk, Clif Bar, Brazil 135, Phil and Ellen Hart, the people at the Gateway Store; Carla & Steve and their Melgeorge's Resort and Elephant Lake Checkpoint; and Bob and Tess at the Bayview Lodge finish line at Lake Vermillion/Tower.


Sorry for the delay in publishing the results due to controversies and my flu.
Best regards,
Cheryl Ostor
Arrowhead Ultra

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Before you love, learn to run through snow leaving no footprint

Report by phone at 14:58, 2/07/2007

The race is now concluded!

#43-Sarah Lowell, the first woman in Arrow Head Ultra history to finish on foot, has crossed the finish line, at 14:42, on 2/07/2007. Sara was out on the course, which was much harder then previous years, a total of 55 hours and 4 minutes.

#41-Kenneth Krueger finished ahead of Sara, pulling in at 13:30 on 2/07/2007. Due to a frozen freewheel, he pushed his bike a good bit of the distance. Other then some possible frostbite on the thumb, he appears to be fine.



NOTE: Any errors, grammatical anomalies or typographical mistakes during the event are solely the fault of the monitor.

The Following Guy

They shall run and not be weary

Phone report at 12:31 2/07/2007

The snowmobilers have found the last two competitors! Our last biker, #41-Kenneth Krueger is only 6 miles out. #43-Sarah Lowell is 9 miles out. However, even here we have drama, as Sara, while on foot, appears to be closing quickly on Ken. An tentative finish time is 14:30, but that remains to be seen. Speculation is that if Sara can approach without being seen, she should be able to overtake Ken, but if Ken sense there is a follower, he may end with a sprint. :)

Did you hear what Ken said when he first saw Steve, the snowmobiler?

Ken: May I help you? Can I offer you food or water?

What a great guy! He is the first local to attempt the Arrowhead.



NOTE: Any errors, grammatical anomalies or typographical mistakes during the event are solely the fault of the monitor.

The Following Guy

In winter I get up at night, and dress by yellow candle-light

Phone report at 08:22, 2/ 07/2007

#43-Sarah Lowell… can you hear me know? Sara celled phone her location as of 08:15, 2/07/2007. She was lost and off the trail at 01:30 last night, 2/07/2007. She is currently near Wake ‘em Up Bay. Reports are she sounded good on the phone. Sara has more then 20 miles to go and she will continue onward to the finish!

Biker #41-Kenneth Krueger has not been heard of as of this report.

NOTE: Any errors, grammatical anomalies or typographical mistakes during the event are solely the fault of the monitor.

The Following Guy

The riders in a race do not stop short when they reach the goal

Report as of 05:50, 2/07/2007

We have more finishers!
#5 Charlie Farrow was in at 20:30 on 2/06/2007, finishing with #37- Ben Walker.

Without any coasting to the finish, fixed gear rider #34-Spencer Klaasen finished with #13 Bill- Bill Shand at 21:05, 2/06/2007.

#12-Chris Finch came in at 04:45 2/07/2007, alone.

#5-Charlie Farrow finished with #37-Ben Walker at 20:30 on 2/06/2007.


There are only two competitors remaining on the course. Biker #41-Kenneth Krueger, and #43-Sarah Lowell are the still at it. Sara has not yet crossed the Myrtle Lake cross road at Highway 23. The snowmobiles will check on the trail north of that point.

All other competitors have either finished or have dropped. We will attempt to post details as soon as possible. Again, only two competitors remain at large.


NOTE: Any errors, grammatical anomalies or typographical mistakes during the event are solely the fault of the monitor.

The Following Guy

Your age is not your race number

The moderator now learns that racer #34- Spencer Klaasen is actually 42 years of age, meaning he is not DNF. Rather, rider #42-John Taylor, age 44, is DNF.

NOTE: Any errors, grammatical anomalies or typographical mistakes during the event are solely the fault of the monitor.

The Following Guy

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Winter, the paragon of art

Report as of 18:30, 2/06/2007

#1- David Pramann has finished the race!

#41 Kenneth Krueger departed Elephant Lake checkpoint at approximately
11:00 on
2/06/2006.

#43 Sarah Lowell has continued onward, leaving Elephant Lake at
approximately 14:00.
2/06/2007.

DNF Report
#17- Dave Simmons (quit at checkpoint)
#2 John Storkamp?

The Myrtle-The-Turtle Award goes to #36 Mike Bernhard, meaning he was beat
in the
sprint by #35 D.J. Burns.

NOTE: Any errors, grammatical anomalies or typographical mistakes during
the event
are solely the fault of the monitor.

The Following Guy

The swiftest traveler is he that goes afoot (...unless you have a bike)

Report as of 16:35, 2/06/2007

Proving Thoreau wrong, #4-Dave Gray-biker, has finished the race together with #46-Joel Cahalan! Because Dave began 59 minutes after Joel, Dave is the leader at this point.

#1-David Pramann is less then 14 miles away. #5-Charlie Farrow and #37-Ben Wacker are together at Wake ‘em Up Point.

#13 Bill Shand and #42 Spencer Klassen are together, approximately half way between Highway 24 and Highway 23. #12-Chris Finch is reported to be looking good and has passed Highway 23 at 15:10.

#2-John Storkamp (still undecided) and #43-Sarah Lowell has left Elephant Lake this afternoon at about 15:00, and will try to finish.

DNF Report:
#15-Patrick Ramstack has dropped at Highway 23.
#26-Don Gabrielson, US Naval Commander of the yet unbuilt PCU Freedom, is now officially DNF, with reports of mechanical issues...on the bike that is, not the ship.

NOTE: Any errors, grammatical anomalies or typographical mistakes during the event are solely the fault of the monitor.

The Following Guy

Not the laurel, but the race

Myrtle Turtle Award--Mike Bernhard

Myrtle Turtle Award--Mike Bernhard

Update as of 15:15, 2/06/2007

#4- Dave Gray, and #46- Joel Cahalan, are approaching the finishing, only miles away! They left #5- Charlie Farrow, on the trail at a big campfire, now back in third. (How many flats have you had so far, Charlie?... 5 and and counting?) What tactics are now playing out on the tundra? What does each competitor have in reserve? Stay tuned!!!!

The Myrtle-The-Turtle Award, given to the last person to the checkpoint, appears to be another battle. #3- D.J. Burns and #36-Mike Bernhard are just now coming into Elephant Lake.

Still contemplating their next move at the Elephant Lake check point are #2- John Storkamp and #43-Sarah Lowell. John was the first footer to arrive at 05:00 2/06/2007, while Sara arrived at 10:00.

Confirmed as DNF is #42- John Taylor, who dropped 2/05/2007 before midnight.

So, from what is know, these are the remaining racers:

#1 David Pramann
#2 John Storkamp
#4 Dave Gray
#5 Charlie Farrow
#12 Chris Finch
#13 Bill Shand
#15 Patrick Ramstack
#17 Dave Simmons (dropped out)
#26 Don Gabrielson
#30 Chris Andersen (dropped out)
#35 D.J. Burns
#36 Mike Bernhard
#37 Ben Wacker
#41 Kenneth Krueger
#43 Sarah Lowell
#45 Pat White
#46 Joel Cahalan


NOTE: Any errors, grammatical anomalies or typographical mistakes during the event are solely the fault of the monitor.

The Following Guy

Ice and iron cannot be welded

Recent phone update as of 13:55, 2/6/2007. The big news....... Pierre Ostor is out of the race. Frost bite has found his toes. He is at Elephant Lake with several other racers.

Many racers appear to be resting on the trial while the sun in warm, so to speak. To the best of my knowledge, these are the competitors still in the race:

#1 David Pramann
#2 John Storkamp (at Elephant Lake deciding about continuing)
#4 Dave Gray (expected soon at the finish)
#5 Charlie Farrow
#12 Chris Finch
#13 Bill Shand
#15 Patrick Ramstack
#17 Dave Simmons (actually dropped at Elephant Lake)
#26 Don Gabrielson
#30 Chris Andersen (dropped at Elephant lake)
#35 D.J. Burns
#36 Mike Bernhard
#37 Ben Wacker
#41 Kenneth Krueger
#42 John Taylor
#43 Sarah Lowell (at Elephant Lake deciding about continuing)
#45 Pat White
#46 Joel Cahalan


NOTE: Any errors, grammatical anomalies or typographical mistakes during the event are solely the fault of the monitor.

The Following Guy

Now is the winter of our discontent

To give everyone a flavor race, this is an email forwarded to the monitor by #10-Laurie Woodbury (DNF). The owners of the General Gateway wrote her regarding her decision and about #14- David Heitkamp.


"You (Laurie) should not regret your decision at all. The last participant on foot arrived about 9:15am this morning. He left the trail and went the other direction from the store last night so when Phil went to check on the trail about midnight he could see no one and we thought he must have stopped for the night. Actually now we realize he was already off the trail and walking around our area and no one was out or open to see him. This morning he was a little disoriented, but seemed fair. He was convinced that he was not taking any help and was going to at least make it MelGeorges. When we looked at his feet and started the warming process – I was finally able to talk him into taking the ambulance to I Falls. His feet are in very rough shape. Other than that we only had some blisters yesterday. A lot had dropped or dropped when they got here. The last spotters had felt very confident in this gentleman (Dave) and thus when the last participants left last night at 11:30pm and we could not see him coming, we had to have that confidence also. We are sorry we did not drive around on the roads, but how would we have known. We watched until about 12:30pm and then went to bed. Hope you enjoyed your warm bed and that Dick’s feet are warming up by now. Your dogs are adorable – Thank you for sharing."

Have a Great Day!
Ellen & Phil Hart
Gateway General
9378 Hwy 53
Kabetogama, MN 56669
(218) 875-2121
www.gatewaygeneral.com



NOTE: Any errors, grammatical anomalies or typographical mistakes during the event are solely the fault of the monitor.

The Following Guy

The cold in clime are cold in blood

As of the report of 11:54, 2/6/2007, there are still no finishers. The race is still being led by #4-Dave Gray, #5- Charlie Farrow, and #46- Joel Cahalan. They were spotted near State Highway 23, at Myrtle Lake.

#43 Sarah Lowell and #6 Pierre Ostor are both approaching the Elephant Lake checkpoint.

There are more competitors dropping:
#27- Alec Muthig
#29- Michael Riemer
#40- Jeff Colbert

That is all for now, more as it becomes available.

NOTE: Any errors, grammatical anomalies or typographical mistakes during the event are solely the fault of the monitor.

The Following Guy

Every mile is two in winter

There is much going on in the race. The southern section of the trail was groomed so thought to be fast (we were wrong), but the northern section has had no grooming, and is slow going. (The southern section of the trail turned out to be worse than the northern section). Extra snowmobiles have been added to assist in pulling off weary competitors, and wolves have been spotted.

The only checkpoint is at Elephant Lake. At 22:35 on 2/05/2007, three bikers had left. These were #4-Dave Gray, #5- Charlie Farrow, and #46- Joel Cahalan, who was also first in. They are expected by 10:00 this morning, 2/06/2007. Only a sprint finish may determine the winner.

In addition to these three, the following are expected to continue the race:
#1- David Pramann, #13-Bill Shand, #15-Patrick Ramstack, #17-Dave Simmons, and #26- Don Gabrielson.

There have been many competitors who have been pulled or who have dropped out:
#3- Ron Kadera
#7- Matthew Maxwell
#8- Matthew Staehling
#9- Josh Peterson
#10-Laurie Woodbuy
#11- Richard Woodbury
#16- Scott Wagner
#19- Chuck Regenold
#21- Marta Arato
#22- Jeff Jirka
#23- Tom Ripley
#24- Christina Ralph
#25-Doug Robertson
#28- Rodrigo Cerquiera
#31- Carles Conill
#33- James Ishman
#38- Jim Grijalva
#39-Joe Galloway
#44- Patrick Graupman
#47- Kevin Ishaug
#48- Kerry Owens
#81- Mario Lacerda

The total a total of 46 starters, 23 have dropped. 5 are expected to continue on. The remaining 18 competitors are somewhere in the woods.

NOTE: Any errors, grammatical anomalies or typographical mistakes during the event are solely the fault of the monitor.

The Following Guy

Monday, February 05, 2007

Barren winter, with his wrathful nipping cold

They’re off and the race is on!

46 racers speed off from a staggered start, which went from 07:30 to 09:30. From a total of 49 registered competitors, two skiers (#18- Bria Schurke, and #49- Chris Maher) and one cyclist (#20-Gregg Pattison) did not start. It was a sunny and bright morning, if perhaps a bit brisk at –33 C (-28 F).

This year there are three Brazilian runners (Rodrigo Cerquiera, Marta Arato, and Mario Lacerda) who say they are concerned about the cold. Because you must be self-sufficient, they are bringing charcoal with them, and intend to grill their way to the finish.

Report at 13:00
This first day appears to be separating the herd. There are three DNF’s (Did Not Finish). #39- Joe Galloway dropped out at 11:00. Bikers #10- Laurie Woodbury and #11- Richard Woodbury dropped just before noon.

NOTE: Any errors, grammatical anomalies or typographical mistakes during the event are solely the fault of the monitor.

The Following Guy

Friday, February 02, 2007

Press in the SouthEast US- racer Sarah Lowell

Hi Pierre,

Just want to let you know that the ARROWHEAD 135 has received a tremendous amount of publicity in the southeastern United States.  I am running the race as a fundraiser for a student in my school that was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma the day that I was accepted into the race.  I have been in 10 newspaper articles and 2 television pieces including one on FOX television last night that was awesome!  Will there be anything posted on line during the race about who is where?  Because of logistics, I didn't think there would be, but thought I would ask.

Sarah Lowell